Monday, February 23, 2015

Military and Civilian Maritime Security Interests Host Workshops This Month

South East Asia Sees Three Pirate Conferences
Shipping News Feature

UK – SINGAPORE – HONG KONG – SHANGHAI – There are few organisations with a greater interest in maritime security than the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), an outfit which represents around two thirds of the world’s commercial fleet, and few better qualified to advise on the subject than the Council’s own Chief Maritime Security Officer, Giles Noakes who, together with Captain William Nault, US Navy Chief of Staff for the Combined Maritime Forces in Bahrain, will head up a series of security workshops in the next few days.

Organised in partnership with CSO Alliance, representing over 100 Company Security Officers responsible for over 5,000 vessels worldwide, the workshops will explore the insight provided by the experiences of BIMCO members and listen to a military brief with a detailed overview of the current situation of the counter-piracy mission off the Horn of Africa. CSO Alliance will demonstrate its web platform and there will be a discussion and debate rooted in the needs of seafarers and led by a PMSC team leader who has completed many transits and handled several pirate attacks.

Giles Noakes was a member of the drafting working group of the ISO 28007 - Guidelines for Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) advising on the presence of privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) on board ships and BIMCO will offer a global perspective on maritime security as it is today covering piracy, stowaways, drugs and refugees and the need for communication between CSOs to help fight illegal maritime activities to keep trade and ship operations flowing profitably.

Workshop details are:

Singapore  Supported by the Singapore Shipping Association Dates: February 26 and 27, 2015: 12.30pm to 3.30pm 

Location: Temasek Club, 1 Portsdown Road, Singapore

To register, please contact or John Ashby

Hong Kong  Supported by the Hong Kong Ship Owners Association  Date: March 2, 2015: 1pm to 4 pm

Location: Excelsior Hotel, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Shanghai  Date: March 3: 1pm to 4 pm

Location: The Mandarin Oriental, 111 Pudong Road (S), Pudong, Shanghai

For further details on Hong Kong and Shanghai workshops, please contact BIMCO Shanghai and HK representative, Wei Zhuang  or John Ashby